Internships provide a great opportunity for you to “try on” a career and put the skills you have learned to work.
Am I ready for an internship?
Often, internships are done in the summer while you are in training for your career, or near the end of your training.
How can Talent Link help?
Check out the Career Cruising Network. Students in Rock Island, Mercer, Henry, and Stark Counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa can access the network. If you live in Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Louisa, and Muscatine Counties, contact your Talent Link Intermediary for assistance.
- Companies will expect you to have skills and knowledge of the industry you are applying to. Internships are not just part time jobs—they are an opportunity to gain knowledge, connections, and experience in a specific career.
- Internships can be paid or unpaid. Determine in advance if you are willing/able to take an unpaid internship if it provides you with the opportunity you are looking for.
- Treat an internship like a job. From the search, to the resume and interview, and day-to-day work, keep a professional attitude and get the most out of the experience.
- If you like the internship and would like to work for the company, let your supervisor know. Even if they do not have the ability to hire currently, the employer may be able to refer you to other opportunities or offer employment at a later date.
- If you do not like the internship, remember that there are a number of variables involved in the workplace—is it the work, the company, co-workers, or some other factor affecting your perception? Don’t quit! Good things can come from bad internship experiences.
- Keep track of what was learned. Internships look great on your resume!
- Show gratitude. Be sure to thank the company for the opportunity. Future opportunities or connections can come from the internship—and a thank you note is an important part of that.